Blake Skjellerup

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Blake Skjellerup
Personal information
Born (1985-06-13) 13 June 1985 (age 31)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Website blakeskjellerup.com
Sport
Country New Zealand
Sport Speed skating
Club Hauraki Ice Racing Club
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 16th, 1000m Vancouver 2010
Highest world ranking 11th, 1000m [1]

Blake Skjellerup (born 13 June 1985 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is a short track speed skater who competed for New Zealand at the 2010 Winter Olympics;[2] finishing sixteenth.[3]

Sporting career[edit]

Skjellerup began speed skating at the age of 10 in Christchurch after an injury from roller blading forced him to stop playing rugby union for a season. His brother introduced him to speed skating to keep him active. Blake quickly took to the sport and began spending as much time as he could in skates. In short track Blake had found not only has passion but something that he was good at.

In his career he has won five New Zealand national titles and broken numerous national records throughout his career. Skjellerup currently holds 3 New Zealand individual records in the 500, 1000, 1500 meter event, and 1 record in the 5000m men's relay.

He attempted to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia[4][5] but was not selected.

Skjellerup is currently living in New York City, United States.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Skjellerup is of Danish and Maori (Ngati Pamoana) descent. In 2003 he was awarded the Junior Maori Sportsman at that years Maori Sports Awards.

Skjellerup came out as gay in an interview with Australian magazine DNA in May 2010, saying he had decided to wait until after the Vancouver Games to do so in order to focus on his performance and to avoid turning off potential sponsors.[7] He is one of only a few openly gay Olympic athletes and was reported at the time as having a partner, also an athlete.[6][8]

In 2011, Skjellerup and Matthew Mitcham, a gay Olympic athlete from Australia, were named by the Federation of Gay Games as ambassadors to the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland, Ohio.[9] Skjellerup also became an advocate for Pink Shirt Day, a nationwide campaign to fight bullying in New Zealand.[10]

In July 2015, Skjellerup married his boyfriend, lifestyle blogger Saul Carrasco, in Hawaii.[11][12] However, based on Skjellerup's Snapchat posts the couples has separated or divorced.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beijing World Cup". 
  2. ^ "Vancouver 2010 Profile". 
  3. ^ "Blake Skjellerup struggles with skating pace". New Zealand Press Association. Stuff.co.nz. 22 February 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "About Blake". BlakeSkjellerup.com. 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Send out gay speed skater Blake Skjellerup to the World Cup and Olympics". www.indiegogo.com. 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Zacharias, Yvonne (2 August 2010). "New Zealand Olympian Blake Skjellerup embraces coming out". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kiwi Olympian reveals he is gay". New Zealand Press Association. Television New Zealand. 6 May 2010. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Buzinski, Jim (5 May 2010). "New Zealand Olympian comes out". Out Sports. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  9. ^ Hernandez, Greg (28 June 2011). "Gay Olympians Matthew Mitcham and Blake Skjellerup named an ambassadors to 2014 Out Games". Greg in Hollywood. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Gay New Zealand Olympian Speed Skater Blake Skjellerup Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign". Towleroad. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Exclusive: Blake Skjellerup Talks About His Husband, His Hawaii Wedding, And How Marriage Equality Is Changing The World". 
  12. ^ Hinzmann, Dennis. "Blake Skjellerup Shares Wedding Photos on Instagram". Out. 

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